Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – “Elements Of Light”

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So, as it turns out, Hendrik Weber loves the bell.  He used the instrument to great effect in places on his 2010 minimalist techno masterpiece Black Noise, and cranked that up a notch with a live set in 2011 that collaborated with other bell players to make a sort of intensely bell-focused minimalist suite.  Elements Of Light is the studio attempt to recreate that set, and while it succeeds in making the bell exciting for longer than I suspected that it could be, it still ends up dragging by the end.  There is only so much you can do with the instrument, after all, and in a minimalist setting there are only so many paths that you can take with it.  Still, it reminds me strongly of the creepiest moments of the Fallout 1 & 2 soundtrack (reprised in New Vegas, of course), which only adds points on my end.  Good stuff but not everyday listening.
 
Verdict:

RECOMMENDED

 

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